Cormier gets the job done against Silva

Daniel Cormier scored something of a hollow victory at UFC 200, defeating Anderson Silva via unanimous decision.

Regardless of the result there would always be something of an emptiness to the fight for Cormier – this was not the fight he wanted. Jon Jones’ failed drugs test robbed the light heavyweight champion of his chance to prove a point, and nothing could replace that.

Few fighters would have taken the bout at just two days notice, but Silva is no ordinary fighter and his legendary status has taken something of a hit after losing three straight fights with a failed drugs test mixed in for good measure. However, he remains a fan favourite, a fact that was clear in Las Vegas.

It came as no surprise that Cormier was dominant early on, with Silva eating a number of punches as the 37-year-old went to work on Silva’s head and body. Silva defended well though, and with the crowd chanting “Let’s go Silva” in hopes of rousing the former champ, the Brazilian remained in it.

A hard right was followed by an elbow from Cormier, splitting the bridge of Silva’s nose, before Cormier attacked the body to finish the first round.

Cormier remained in control in the second round and despite Silva’s best efforts to keep ‘DC’ at bay, the light heavyweight champion continued to wear down his opponent without the need for almost any defence.

It was clear that Cormier was leading on the scorecards, and Silva needed a knockout or a submission if he was to win the fight. Neither came. While Silva did inflict some damage late on, Cormier rode the fight out and the judges all scored the fight 30-26 in Cormier’s favour.